|Professor-composer Ca Lê Thuần- Photo.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Professor-composer Ca Lê Thuần, who helped develop classical music in the country, passed away last Friday (January 20) at Thống Nhất Hospital in HCM City after a period of time of being treated at the hospital for a stroke.
Thuần, from the Mekong Delta province of Bến Tre, was born in 1938. His parents were teachers and his siblings worked in culture and art fields.
He was one of the famous composers in the country, composing opera and music for ballet, which expressed love for the country and people.
His famous music works include the opera of Người Giữ Cồn (The Island’s Watchman), which won a prize at the first HCM City Literature and Art Awards in 2010, Dáng Đứng Việt Nam (Việt Nam’s Standing Posture) written in 1974, and music for the ballet Võ Thị Sáu-Người Con Gái Đất Đỏ (Võ Thị Sáu-The Woman from Đất Đỏ District).
Thuần also was a music researcher and teacher.
In 1989, he was head of the city Department of Culture and Information. He also was deputy chairman of Việt Nam Musician’s Association and chairman of HCM City Musician’s Association.
He was one of two founders of the HCM City Ballet, Symphony, Orchestra and Opera. He contributed to training the city’s talented artists.
He was presented many medals from the government for his contributions. —VNS